This is my first studded bike tire. I purchased it because I had ridden a couple of times in the early winter on the original mountain bike tire that came on my hard tail and experienced a couple of near slide-outs with my front tire. I decided that it would be an necessary upgrade to invest in a studded tire for my front, to avoid any such slide-out when on sidewalk or anywhere near vehicle traffic. I believe that anyone who rides on sidewalk/pavement in an area that experiences snow/ice should invest in a studded tire. I have found that having the studded tire gives me a boost in confidence when riding through that uncertain conditions of winter. I plan to purchase a second tire, for the rear, in the coming weeks.
I used these boots for cool and cold weather cycling. My feet get cold easily, so,they did a nice job of keeping them warm in 40 degree temperatures with regular cycling socks. I have not had a chance to use them below 40 degrees, and will west smart wool socks with them in 30 degree temperatures. I bought a size larger than I normally wear in order to be able to wear heavier socks with them.
I have never used a Boa closure, so I would have appreciated instructions with the boots on how to use this type of closure!
I got it to replace my older Shimano MW7 boots. Compared to Shimano's, those run just a smidge small (I had to get next size up, however wish there was an in-between). Sole seems stiffer, breathability is good, but feet still get a little sweaty. With thick wool sock is good down to freezing, with toe warmers maybe good to low to mid 20s. Unfortunately (fortunately?) have not had the chance to test them in the rain.